EDF Energy Strategic Partnership

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Atkins has been providing consultancy services to EDF Energy (and formerly British Energy) for over 30 years. For the last ten years, we have been one of four top tier suppliers to EDF Energy as part of the Technical Services Alliance (TSA), aimed at improving the operational and commercial performance of its nuclear fleet of Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors (AGR) as well as providing appropriate support for the remaining operational life of its power stations, and securing life extension.

Since 2010, Atkins has been part of the EDF Strategic Partnership, made up of EDF Energy, Amec, Doosan Power Systems and Babcock International Group. The Strategic Partnership – for which we provide additional expert engineering support to help extend the life of EDF Energy’s existing nuclear AGR fleet – has delivered real value to the life extension programme by providing crucial supply chain support and leveraging the combined knowledge, resources and expertise of four experienced companies.

Atkins' strength lies in being able to seamlessly pull together specialist multidisciplinary teams to meet the unique challenges faced by the nuclear generation industry. Working across the graphite core, fuel route improvement, periodic safety review and Japanese Emergency Response programmes, Atkins has provided both engineering and programme management services to EDF Energy’s existing fleet, and continues to provide similar services across EDF Energy‘s nuclear new build programmes at Hinkley Point C.





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    Over the past four years Atkins has provided a multidisciplinary team of engineers and specialist technical experts to Magnox to enhance their on-site technical capability and deliver packages of design work on behalf of the client to guarantee the most appropriate technical solutions are developed and implemented.

    Atkins' support has covered a wide spectrum of skills and expertise including civil, geotechnical, mechanical (both handling and M&E), environmental, waste management, process, electrical, control and instrumentation, town and country planning, radiological assessment, DSEAR and specialist fire advice.

    The key challenge on this project was to ensure that the technical solutions were appropriate for a nuclear decommissioning project with complex radioactive waste streams, but where the aim has been to keep the design simple.

    UK ,

  • ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is the world's largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France which aims to deliver nuclear fusion on a commercial scale, offering safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy.

    ITER is the next step in one of the world's leading energy research programmes, and is bringing together the largest nations in a quest to harness nuclear fusion to meet mankind's future energy needs.

    Since 2010, Atkins has been architect engineer, in partnership with engineering giants Assystem, Egis and Empresarios Agrupados, as part of the Engage consortium. The consortium is in charge of delivering 39 buildings and associated infrastructure for the ITER project, including the 50 x 200m Tokamak complex.

    The 200-strong integrated team of experts from our Energy and Infrastructure businesses are working together to ensure fusion experiments begin on schedule to help meet the challenge of not only decarbonising but also increasing the world's energy supply.

    Engage is responsible for supporting the procurement process and construction planning and supervision for the buildings including service and site infrastructure. The scope of work also covers all disciplines of design:

    • Preliminary design
    • Tender design
    • Construction design for nuclear buildings

    On the project, there are several types of confinement and shielding doors all with seismic withstand capability, including:

    • 46 remotely controlled port cell doors, with confinement and shielding (up to 350mm thick steel equivalent) with an opening size of four metres by four metres
    • 12 remotely controlled lift lobby doors with an opening size of four metres by four metres
    • In excess of 600 manually operated doors with shielding, confinement and water pressure requirement with opening sizes up  to 1.5 metres wide by 2.4 metres tall.


    To find out more about the ITER project, visit the F4E and ITER websites. Discover more about the science behind nuclear fusion, the European contribution to ITER, the move towards sustainable energy, and the future for fusion energy here.

    Watch videos of construction milestones, updates of what is happening on site, and find out more about the technology being used at ITER on F4E's official YouTube channel. And, keep track of progress on site on Flickr.  

    France ,

  • Following the nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan in 2011, all European Nuclear Operators were asked to review the safety of their plants. EDF Energy requested support from Atkins, Babcock, Doosan and Amec to set up the JER Programme as a collaborative approach to review the robustness of EDF Energy’s fleet of reactors, and then implement additional safety enhancements to help protect the fleet against unpredictable, extreme, ‘beyond design basis’ events.

    Atkins has led this programme of work with EDF Energy by integrating the strengths of four core Atkins businesses to create and deliver a holistic integrated solution of innovative safety enhancements for the organisation. It involves complex engineering enhancements, procurement of back-up equipment, creation of a national deployment strategy, ensuring these are incorporated into existing emergency arrangements, and then supported by complex programme management, communications and stakeholder engagement across the business and industry.

    Japan ,

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    Much of the focus has been on supporting the development and licensing of the future operating company prior to the first unit coming online to generate safe, clean, efficient and reliable nuclear energy to the UAE grid.

    In addition we have provided training on a broad range of topics including introduction to nuclear fission, types of reactors, radiation protection, safeguards, regulations and nuclear safety culture. We have consistently received positive feedback from this and look forward to continuing to deliver training and specialist courses in the future.

    United Arab Emirates ,